The Etool found in DayZ

Slot: Tool
"Collapsible spade used together with the engineering backpack to create field defences"
— In-game description

The Etool, also known as an Entrenching Tool, is a tool used to create fortifications in DayZ.

The Etool is used to create fortifications such as a wall of Sandbags. Although some fortifications such as tank traps require a Toolbox to deploy or pack up.

The Etool can also be used to create Stashes when used with Sandbags. One sandbag will create a small Stash (0 weapon/tool slots, 12 general slots) and two sandbags will create a medium Stash (1 weapon/tool slot, 24 general slots).

It does not take up usual inventory slots, but goes into the tool slots below the sidearm slots. However, it takes up one inventory slot when stored in the backpack.

The Etool is a rare equipment item with a 1.35% chance of spawning in Military loot spawns excluding Deer Stands.


  • Despite what the in-game description says, there is no 'engineering backpack' in DayZ. The Etool and an item such as Sandbags are all that is required to construct a fortification.

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